Marichi temple

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Marichi temple
ମାରିଚୀ ମନ୍ଦିର
Marichi temple Baleswar Odisha.jpg
Geography
CountryIndia
StateOdisha
DistrictBaleswar
LocaleAjodhya
Coordinates21°33′29.94″N 86°45′9.96″E / 21.5583167°N 86.7527667°E / 21.5583167; 86.7527667Coordinates: 21°33′29.94″N 86°45′9.96″E / 21.5583167°N 86.7527667°E / 21.5583167; 86.7527667
Culture
SanctumMarichi, Varahi, Buddha
Major festivalsDurga Puja, Asokastami
Architecture
ArchitectureOdishan Pidha vimana temple architecture
Number of temples
History
Date built10-11th Century
Temple boardMarichi Puja Committee, Ajodhya[1]

Marichi Temple (Odia: ମାରିଚୀ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu and Buddhist temple located in Ajodhya, Baleswar, Odisha, India.

Location[edit]

This temple is situated 9 km north of Sajanagada. It is on the right side of the road leading from Nilagiri to Mayurbhanj in Baleswar district, Odisha.

Construction[edit]

The temple is a newly built pidha vimana style building like other temples of Odisha. The temple houses many tantric, Jain and Buddhist images dating back to the late 11th century. It is thought that the Somavamsi Keshari dynasty commissioned the statues. There are many old icons such as the Hindu goddess four-handed Varahi, the Buddha in bhumisparsa or earth touching mudra, a Jain tirthankara or spiritual teacher and the Vajrayana Buddha Avalokitesvara.

The central icon is worshiped as the Hindu goddess Durga and next to the image is the Mahayana goddess Marici. The Marici image is flanked by two goddesses. The Garbhagriha or inner sanctum houses three icons from the late 11th century. Durga Puja is a famous festival in this temple.[1]

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Media related to Marichi temple at Wikimedia Commons

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